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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: November 02, 2015, 05:34:31 PM
While I worry about the child actually understanding what they're committing to, I also view this not only as a religious matter, but also one concerning quality of life.  If the child is really saying, "No, I'd rather not continue living in pain for the remainder of my rather short time on this Earth, but would prefer to pass gently while surrounded by my loved ones.", then I sympathize with their parents as they try to approach that subject in a way that brings some measure of comfort to their child rather than fear.

All I know for sure is that I can't bring myself to judge them as I can't even begin to imagine how painful this is for all concerned.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Now they have come for my bacon! on: October 30, 2015, 04:56:37 PM
Meh, the only thing in this world that isn't carcinogenic is cancer.
3  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: October 30, 2015, 02:39:28 PM
Good point.  I wasn't thinking.

4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie poll] See "Halloween" or "Psycho" re-release in theaters on Oct. 29th? on: October 30, 2015, 02:36:10 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 29, 2015, 05:15:47 PM

No, she thinks Halloween and the ilk are too gore-fest though of course my point is it's maybe one of a handful of slasher films more focused on building suspense.

You would be right, in my opinion.  There's a surprising lack of gore in Halloween.  It's mostly suspense that drives the fear, not shock.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie poll] See "Halloween" or "Psycho" re-release in theaters on Oct. 29th? on: October 28, 2015, 08:48:15 PM
I love both, don't get me wrong.  But Halloween is so quintessentially Halloween that I can't imagine doing anything else.
6  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: October 28, 2015, 06:21:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 27, 2015, 06:15:47 PM

How do you feel about kids who are 3, 4 and 5 and feel they are not the sex they actually are?  There's a wave of parents in this country embracing that as a reason to start treating them as the sex 'they feel they are'.

I wasn't aware that choosing to do so was the same as a life or death choice.  To many of us, that's more akin to asking a child if they'd like to wear a red shirt or a blue shirt for the day.
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 21, 2015, 04:57:18 PM
There is no reality in which Putin is a hero.  While our country has made its share of mistakes, our leaders at least know they can't keep themselves in power for decades by changing the laws to suit their needs.  Nor do they advocate punishing people simply for being gay.  Putin is running a charm offensive (and has been for a while), but even a cursory look into his activities on both the international and domestic stage will give you a glimpse of the real man.
8  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 20, 2015, 01:05:49 PM
Putin loses Syria as his ally in the middle east and he's effectively lost his seat at the adult's table in any discussion surrounding policy in that arena.  He will fight tooth and nail to keep that seat.  For him, it's about respect.  He's essentially a thug who demands gunpoint if need be.  Anyone who finds his actions laudable is telling everyone around them that they have zero knowledge of international affairs at this point.
9  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 19, 2015, 03:25:25 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 19, 2015, 12:47:09 PM

Last few days have certainly been revealing to me. Russia has apparently done more to stop the so called, Isis machine, than the US.

And don't forget they've been great at also targeting those who oppose Bashar al-Assad's regime!  I mean, sure, sometimes an ISIS member might get in the way, but Putin is doing fantastic at keeping in power the one man in the Middle East that gives Russia any real presence in the area.  

Sure, Bashar will gas children and torture women, but hey, you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, eh?  Screw 'em, they don't live here!
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 19, 2015, 03:21:46 PM
Flash incorporates all the hopefulness and ideology of the bronze age of comics.  It's not ironic for the sake of being ironic, it's not nihilistic, and it most definitely has a sense of humor about the correct proportions.  Much of the other DC stuff has skewed towards dark and gritty.  Embracing the Frank Miller while forgetting the greatness of a Byrne, Shooter or a Claremont.  It's a welcome change of pace. 

And it doesn't hurt that Iris is a babe.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 13, 2015, 05:15:26 PM
Carol continues to deliver...even when she's doing something as small as talking with her neighbors while still pretending to be the kindly matron.   icon_lol
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: October 07, 2015, 08:17:09 PM
I just realized that Hulu Plus has a rather extensive collection of both dubbed AND my much preferred subtitled versions.  I need to go back through this thread and go over the suggestions.    icon_biggrin
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is There a Better Zombie Book Than World War Z? on: September 30, 2015, 05:32:40 PM
For outright horror and some truly odd stories about zombies, I loved Skipp and Spector's anthology Book of the Dead.  Sadly, it's out of print.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 30, 2015, 01:16:30 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 29, 2015, 06:33:00 PM

 Batboy is so awkward it's kind of painful to watch, made more frustrating by seemingly how unstoppable the villains are.  

I really like the way they're handling Bruce. The kid is really good in the role.   True, he's a bit older than I expected him to be when he starts training, but the kid is growing up.  No way they can stop that for the show...

...or can they?  Hmmmm
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 28, 2015, 11:52:01 PM
Poor rritchard.  He likes everything the critics savage.   icon_lol   icon_razz
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: September 28, 2015, 11:51:14 PM
The best thing they could do for the show is to fire Tim Kring.  The guy is a hack.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 28, 2015, 08:33:33 PM
I usually follow that advice, but I honestly thought I'd read that Miller had stated there would be no director's cut or whatever later on.  Obviously I mixed it up with something else.   icon_mad
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: John Boehner has informed members of Congress that he will resign as Speaker on: September 28, 2015, 07:28:33 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 25, 2015, 10:40:51 PM

I haven't seen anybody popping champagne corks over this yet.

Really?  It was pretty widely reported that Cruz and other extremists within the GOP were dancing a jig as soon as the announcement was made.  The tea party wing nuts wanted him gone for ages.  They were pissed that he had an almost adult view of politics.  Now they can take their toys and jam them in their orifices to their hearts contents.  There's no grown ups around to stop them.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 28, 2015, 07:23:46 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 23, 2015, 12:39:15 PM

Holy cow!  Mad Max in black and white is pretty neat.

I thought it would just be an edit of the trailer but it is the whole film!  (so I bet it gets pulled soon)

I really want to see this version.  But I'm pissed that I bought the movie on blu ray when it came out, but then learned that a special edition was on the way that DOES include the black and white version, as well as a bunch of other stuff. 

Sigh...this time I'll probably double dip though.  I just can't resist with a movie this good. 
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: September 28, 2015, 07:19:51 PM
I have to agree with YK.  Although I disagree that it almost torpedoed the show as I really don't think it would've been much better without Katana Girl.  The only bright spot in the entire mess of this show was Zachary Levi channeling Dirty Harry.  I could watch that for hours.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 11, 2015, 02:18:44 PM
Three recommendations:

White God - An abandoned dog is treated cruelly by humans.  Eventually, he organizes a rebellion of sorts.  A heartbreaking film at times. 

The Dead Lands - Low budget and simplistic, it's still a great little action film. A Maori chief's son seeks vengeance for the slaughter of his tribe in pre Colonial New Zealand. He enlists the aid of a haunted warrior who is both a cannibal and a tragic figure...seriously. It's really well done, in my opinion.

Byzantium - Neil Jordan revisits the topic of vampires.  Lyrical and beautiful, this is definitely not an action film.  But if you are a Jordan fan, it's everything you expect from the director.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 06:33:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 09, 2015, 05:30:21 PM

The larger than life characters were fun and it was appropriately crazy/head scratching/awesome/disturbing/WTF.

Whenever I see a film like this, I always remember what Ebert wrote about Cameron's Aliens.

I don't know how else to describe this: The movie made me feel bad. It filled me with feelings of unease and disquiet and anxiety. I walked outside and I didn't want to talk to anyone. I was drained. I'm not sure "Aliens" is what we mean by entertainment. Yet I have to be accurate about this movie: It is a superb example of filmmaking craft.

That last line perfectly describes how I feel about Fury Road.  And while I didn't feel bad after seeing it, I can understand why some might be put off by the bleak and harsh tone of the film.  Miller created a world years ago that he promised could get much, much worse.  With Fury Road, he made good on that promise.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 05:34:35 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on September 09, 2015, 05:16:12 PM


Darn it Lee, you know the rules on alts!

<sorry...just trying to lighten the mood  icon_biggrin >
24  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Women in combat on: September 09, 2015, 04:40:17 PM

I believe all this crap started when we gave dames the right to vote!  


I'm fine with the belief that woman may not be physically equipped for some things.  That I can understand.  But then you had to go and ruin your assertions with sexist drivel.  You may as well have said all women should remain pregnant, barefoot and in the kitchen.  When your beliefs are essentially the same as Muslim fundamentalists, it's time to rethink things.   icon_wink
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: September 09, 2015, 04:10:02 PM
What happened with ADT, Ron?  Did they admit they screwed up?  Or did they mysteriously find a reason that it was someone else's fault (as I suspect they will/have)?
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 03:49:26 PM

Yeah, as I said, I was descending into simple bickering.  Not something I wanted to do.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 03:38:46 PM
I'm sure you believe that.   icon_wink much for the attempt to avoid simple bickering, eh?   icon_lol
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 03:37:04 PM
I removed part of my reply (the one you're referring to in the strikethrough paragraph) because I was descending into simple bickering at that point.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 09, 2015, 03:11:43 PM

Quote from: Lee on August 26, 2015, 06:22:14 PM

You guys are weird, I complain about TWD being too slow, the characters annoying, and everyone here thinks I am nuts. This show I liked and everyone seems to think it was too slow and the characters are annoying. icon_smile

One episode later...

Quote from: Lee on September 08, 2015, 09:09:09 PM

Already stopped watching it. Couldn't be bothered on Sunday.

30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 09, 2015, 02:58:44 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 08, 2015, 09:07:56 PM

Edit: I should add Hepcat, your post makes it sound like anyone who doesn't like this incredibly great movie is simply being contrarian.

No, just you.  slywink  I actually pointed out it was fine by me if you disliked the film.  Bullwinkle points out why you raised my hackles quite succinctly.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: September 08, 2015, 08:45:01 PM
I'm still meh on it.  But it's early in the game.  Hopefully they'll develop the characters beyond the incredibly thin stereotypes they've so far given us.  Right now it just seems like "Walking Dead by Committee".
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: September 08, 2015, 08:17:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 06, 2015, 01:59:01 PM

Quote from: Lee on September 06, 2015, 05:55:19 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 06, 2015, 05:07:13 AM

That was pretty clearly spelled out, too, I thought.

Probably was, the opening scenes of the movie were not doing much for me attention span. The rest of the movie that particular subject matter seemed trivial and quickly forgotten. Came across as an excuse for a weak plot more than anything else. "We need a reason for Max to get strapped to the front of a car. That sure would look cool and be kind of shocking." They of course dropped it after the opening scene.

Kudos to you for paying attention Bullwinkle!

Well, again, there wasn't much paying attention to get that info.

I don't know, Lee, it sounds like you went into this movie with your arms crossed and refused to be entertained.

I haven't heard anyone be so against the film.  Even I mentioned earlier that it didn't quite hook me, that the story was shallow and Max is barely there, but I wouldn't say it's a bad film.  Far from it.  And I was certainly entertained.

This is the #1 movie of 2015 on Rotten Tomatoes, and it has among the highest audience review scores of the year, too.

I'm not saying you have to like the film, but your anger toward it is puzzling.

Yup.  Seems to be more of a contrarian opinion than anything else.  A belief that's backed up when he then writes:

If you liked the movie, great. I hated it and you guys can explain it all you want and it will never convince me.

after everyone explains to him the parts he couldn't understand and thus deemed "stupid".

I'm fine with not liking it.  But let's not try to insinuate that means those who did enjoy it have lesser taste in films than yourself.

Fury Road was the best damn action film of the summer...and it will probably stand the test of time to become one of the best damn action films of the last decade.  It's more than worthy of carrying on the mantle of Max.
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: September 03, 2015, 05:21:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 03, 2015, 01:17:48 AM

Are you really so naive to say that this isn't the new normal? The fringe are running things now.

Are you really so full of hate for anything that you don't agree with that you think it's the end of the world?  What in the hell is being hurt by this?  Name one damn thing.  Other than your sense of self righteous indignation, that is.

Welcome to America:  the land of free speech.  You don't like it, the door is over there.

USA..USA...USA!   icon_razz
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: September 03, 2015, 04:57:36 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on September 02, 2015, 09:55:57 PM

I assumed that was a joke.   

You're too kind. 

Quote from: Ironrod on September 03, 2015, 02:26:26 AM

That's just a fantastic 2-hour movie that brings back the art of film making from the precipice of CGI hacks, and reinvigorates the action film genre by giving world building the center stage in what otherwise might have been a cliched, tired car chase film.

35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: September 02, 2015, 07:11:50 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 28, 2015, 01:37:02 PM

“With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” wrote Donna Braquet in a posting on the university’s website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.”

Would you like me to tell those damn kids to get off your lawn, grandpa?  

Of course we see it as silly.  Every generation does something that the last one finds silly.  Hippies in the 60's, beatniks in the 50's, gender neutral folks in the 10's.  There will be something they find silly a generation from now.  The world didn't end the other times, so why the hell should anyone care?  It's not like anyone is getting violent over this.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: September 02, 2015, 07:07:24 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 19, 2015, 11:34:13 PM

Quote from: Ironrod
Guess I'm going to have to either stall or give in and see something else.

Magic Mike XXL

It has to be something she'd want to see as well, I imagine.
37  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This is Fun Pt. 4: Religion and Politics Edition (NSFW Warning) on: August 05, 2015, 07:53:11 PM
Does that guy being forced into a life of confectionery servitude for his gay overlords have the worst haircut or what? It's like he started a mohawk, but just couldn't commit to the mohawk.

As a side note, I'm perfectly fine with gay dessert lovers forcing Entenmann employees to make them a german chocolate cake at gunpoint.  I know the first thing African Americans did after the civil rights act was to violently demand that they get free sodas at all Denny's and Bob Evans.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 04, 2015, 12:57:50 PM
Is this creating any tension with our neighbors up north?  I'd really hate for this to result in any bad blood that would eventually erupt into violence.  Or a poutine embargo.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 04:41:43 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 03, 2015, 04:24:17 PM

If it had made it to Eastern Ohio, it would have been burned at the stake. 

As an Ohioan born and bred, I take issue with this statement.  We have yet to figure out how fire works.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hitchhiking Robot Found Decapitated on: August 03, 2015, 03:53:56 PM
I am disappointed in my country sometimes. 

This is one of those times.   icon_cry
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